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Yes, we can do the following:
- start from the described and presented problem. In this scenario we create the agreed number of product/system concepts for the client to chose from. Once the concept is agreed, as part of the Product Idea Definition (PID) phase we create the following documents to fully defined the product or system: Business Case, Technical Product Specification, Cost Analysis, Project Plan and Value Proposition.
- As an alternative to the above scenario we can start from the concept delivered by the client and move straight into the five documents creation.
- another possibility is for us to start from the NPD (New Product Development) phase based on the PID activities and outputs created and delivered by the client. In this scenario we start from detailed design activities.
- another option is for us to start the prototyping stage (part of the NPD) based on the drawings and detailed product specification delivered by the client. As part of the prototyping stage we offer full qualification testing of the product or system.
- final option is for us to start from the NPI (New Product Introduction) phase where after receiving a fully working and qualified prototype we conduct the product introduction and launch activities such us: creation of product manuals, assembly instructions, marketing & sales documentations etc.
Product Idea Definition (PID) – this is the the first and the most important phase of the entire New Product & Technology Development process. In this phase, the initial idea of the product or system is being defined to clearly present to the Product Definition Group (decision makers) the following information:
- Design concept (technical)
- Business Case and associated data
- Cost analysis including development budget & cost, expected turnover & profit, supply chain consideration
- Product technical specifications including future releases and product upgrades
- Project plan including the estimated project timeline, associated risks and project team
- Value Proposition
The PID phase is usually completed after the PDG group vote. Based on the result of the vote (approved or not approved) the project can be moved to the NPD phase, put on hold or rejected.
New Product Development (NPD) – in this phase we start spending cash from the development budget. This phase start from detailed engineering design activities followed by the prototype build and qualification testing. The better the PID phase is dealt with the less problem to face during the NPD phase. Less problems always mean less cash to be spent.
New Product Introduction (NPI) – this phase starts once the fully working and qualified prototype is approved. The majority of the NPI activities are concentrated around production, supply chain, product documentation, sales and marketing brochures etc.
Yes, as a minimum you will still need the following:
- idea generation process (usually a combination of industry trends, market research, customers and clients needs and internal knowledge base and experience).
- dedicated Team (combination of experts with the following expertise: marketing, sales, engineering, production, supply chain and finance).
- passion, focus, dedication, realism, sense of urgency and many more…
Yes we can register your design to protect the visual appearance of the product or item to give you exclusive rights for that appearance.
We can also apply for the patent on your behalf upon receiving the following:
- a written description of your invention (allowing others to see how it works and how it could be made).
- drawings (to illustrate your description).
- claims (precise legal statements in the form of single sentences that define your invention by setting out its distinctive technical features).
- and abstract (a summary that includes all the important technical aspects of your innovation).
Please note that that depending on the type of invention other types of Intellectual Property (IP) protection may be better.
Yes, as part of the requirements management process we can include in the product technical specification a requirement for the product/system to comply with a single or group of selected industry standards including: British, European, American, International and Defense standards.